Rail Yard District / Durkeeville

53. McCoys Creek Greenway

Construction on phase one of the McCoys Creek Restoration Project continues. It is being funded with $105.4 million from the City of Jacksonville to remedy McCoys Creek flooding, create neighborhood-friendly spaces, improve recreational opportunity, and protect the environment. Major components of the 18 month project include the permanent closure of portions of McCoys Creek Boulevard, reconstruction of the Stockton and King Street bridges, creek restoration and Emerald Trail construction.

The restoration of the creek, which was channelized in 1930, will involve restoring the waterway to a meandering natural channel design and expanding the flood plain with the addition of natural water containment features, such as lagoons and tidal pools. The former road bed of McCoys Creek Boulevard will be replaced with a new segment of the Emerald Trail. When complete, the trail component of the project will connect the historic Westside neighborhoods of Lackawanna, Mixon Town, Campbell Hill (Rail Yard District) and Brooklyn to the Northbank Riverwalk.

For more information: McCoys Creek restoration project now underway

54. Edward Waters University

Edward Waters University recently broke ground on a comprehensive campus fencing project. The project is intended to bring a heightened semblance of aesthetic attractiveness and functional safety, security, and solidarity to the collective campus experience at the urban college campus.

Construction on the first segment of Groundwork Jacksonville’s planned 30-mile Emerald Trail system continues. Called the LaVilla Link, the 1.3 mile multiuse path will connect the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, LaVilla and the Rail Yard District with the S-Line Urban Greenway near Durkeeville.

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56. Dennis + Ives

Located just west of Downtown Jacksonville, 95 Arch Partners QOZ Fund LLC have big plans for an 85,000 square foot former cold storage warehouse complex that originated during the late 1890s as the Florida Ice Manufacturing Company. Construction continues on plans to convert the cold storage complex into a mix of uses, possibly including creative office, craft brewery or distillery, cafe, restaurant and outdoor event space. Recently, Nashville-based Marathon Live announced plans to build a 26,000-square-foot concert hall at the redevelopment project.

For more information: Dennis + Ives proposed for Rail Yard District

57. 136 Myrtle Avenue

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is in the process of making extensive renovations to a warehouse located at 136 Myrtle Avenue.

58. Bellingham Marine Industries

Bellingham Marine Industries Inc. at 2014 Dennis Street is in the process of constructing a new $1.4 million, 25,000 square foot casting facility in the Rail Yard District.

59. Myrtle Avenue Brewing, LLC.

A new brewery called Myrtle Avenue Brewing will be occupying the former Engine 15 brewery facility at 633 Myrtle Avenue. Owner Sean Bielman envisions a communal operation of the 15,000-square-foot space that could potentially include additional tenants that would complement a brewery.

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Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Davis is a certified senior planner and graduate of Florida A&M University. He is the author of the award winning books “Reclaiming Jacksonville,” “Cohen Brothers: The Big Store” and “Images of Modern America: Jacksonville.” Davis has served with various organizations committed to improving urban communities, including the American Planning Association and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. A 2013 Next City Vanguard, Davis is the co-founder of and — two websites dedicated to promoting fiscally sustainable communities — and Transform Jax, a tactical urbanist group. Contact Ennis at